How should an employee respond when law enforcement arrives after an active shooter event?
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
According to the Department of Homeland Security, an employee should do the following when law enforcement arrives on the scene after an active shooter event:
- Remain calm and follow instructions;
- Put down any items in his or her hands, e.g., bags or jackets;
- Raise hands in the air and spread fingers;
- Keep hands visible at all times;
- Avoid quick movement towards officers, such as holding on to them for safety;
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling; and
- Not ask questions when evacuating.
An employer should stress to its employees that they will likely be held by law enforcement in a designated area until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.